“The deepest feeling in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” – William James
Do you feel appreciated at work? If the answer is no, then you are amongst 65% of people surveyed that feel unappreciated. Why is this important in the workplace? Because it can lead to a low work ethic, a decrease in productivity and a seriously infectious bout of workplace negativity.
By infusing gratitude into your company culture, you can begin to create a philosophy of caring and avoid the pitfalls of under-appreciation.
What is gratitude?
Gratitude is about being thankful. It’s the acknowledgement of the benefits that are already in your life. It’s about noticing the little things and enjoying the simple pleasures.
Research has shown that practicing gratitude has proven to increase a person’s happiness levels by 25%. Being grateful makes people happier, emotionally stronger, creative, more resilient to illness and develop better relationships.
If you’re finding it hard to unearth things in your life to be grateful for, close your eyes and imagine your life if you couldn’t see, or hear, or you didn’t have friends and family, or a roof over your head. How would life look to you then? Would you be grateful to have all those things back? When you look at it from that perspective it’s really easy to see things in your life to be grateful for.
But don’t just be grateful for the good moments in your life – be grateful for the bad ones too. Ask yourself what you can learn from a “bad” situation because usually the biggest lessons in life don’t come from the greatest moments, but the hardest moments.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, then we are challenged to change ourselves.
Grateful, happy people are more likely to help others, are less stressed, more determined and full of energy and optimism. Wouldn’t you like people like that working in your business?
Thank you! And other ways to show gratitude
It’s not hard to make other people feel valued. Saying thank you sounds overly simplistic, but if it’s sincere, then it’s highly effective. As a leader, be gracious when accepting compliments, always look for an opportunity to express your gratitude and be consistent in your appreciation of people.
Always look for an opportunity to be thankful for your staff and co-workers and you’ll be repaid with happy, hardworking and healthy staff who will pay the gratitude forward.
How counting your blessings at work can affect your bottom line
Happy, appreciated staff can make a big difference to how thick your bottom line is at the end of the year. Dish your staff up a plate of genuine gratefulness and then watch your profits grow. Gratitude at work can help:
- Provide a decrease in staff turnover. Staff who feel appreciated are less likely to look for another job.
- Increased productivity. Happy workers are more productive.
- Boost morale.
- See a decrease in customer complaints.
- Increase repeat business from customers who feel appreciated.
Behaviour that is rewarded has a high likelihood of being repeated. Gratitude is not about just being happy when you win a promotion, land a big deal or win the lottery. It’s about being happy and thankful for each moment of your life – the good and the bad – and before you know it, you’ll be rewarded with happy, productive staff and a booming business: and you’ll be grateful for every bit of it.
“If you learn to respond like this was the first day in your life, and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.” – Brother David Steindl-Rast.